Low cost carrier Philippines Air Asia eyes flights to Guam and Saipan after it seeks permission from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to fly to the United States. The budget carrier has filed a petition from a designation and entitlement allocations before the board while requesting to revoke the designation of Air Philippines (PAL Express) as Philippine carrier to the United States.
Royal Air Philippines recently launched flights last Sunday between the Northern part of Cagayan province to Macau utilizing its BAe Avro RJ1000 jet. The airline will initially operate commercial flights Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA), Lal-lo to Macau and vice versa twice a week. Domestic flights to Lal-lo from Clark is also scheduled twice a week.
Royal Air Philippines took delivery of another Airbus A319 last Saturday. This is the second A319 to be delivered to the airline. These aircraft were owned by Lanmei Airlines and sold to Royal Air. They will be used to compliment the existing fleet of BAe Avro RJ100 and shall be used for international destinations. Royal Air's current international destinations are Macau and Jeiyang.
Cebu Pacific last August 9 opened three new flights from Clark International Airport (CRK) in Angeles, Pampanga. The budget airline launched flights to Bacolod, Iloilo, and Narita, Japan from the former American airbase. Flights from Narita will run four times a week on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Sundays. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade congratulated Cebu Pacific for the new direct flights.
Local airlines Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, and Skyjet have announced flight cancellations today in the wake of typhoon Hanna. The following flights are cancelled for August 9, Friday, due to the effects of the typhoon. Please do contact your airlines directly for more information and details.
Cebu Pacific took delivery of its first dedicated cargo aircraft, an ATR 72-500F. The aircraft was a passenger version ATR 72-500 also used by Cebu Pacific before being converted into a cargo aircraft. This is the first of two dedicated cargo ATRs. The two ATR 72s were converted into cargo aircraft by IPR Conversions. Cebu Pacific's subsidiary CebGo will be operating the aircraft.
Due to the general strike and mass protests occurring at Hong Kong today August 5, the Airport Authority of Hong Kong has advised that their operations have been affected. Due to the reduced manpower at Hong Kong, both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific has announced flight cancellations to and from Hong Kong today.
Former PLDT executive Ricardo "Ricky" Isla was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Philippines Air Asia, Inc. In a statement from PAA yesterday, Ricky Isla will replace Capt. Dexter Comendador who was appointed as the airline's Chief Operating Officer. Ricky Isla was previously the head for business and product development, marketing and sales of PLDT Global Inc.
Philippines Air Asia inked a deal with Omni Aviation to train aspiring pilots for free. The deal provides up to two years of leadership and technical training to aspiring pilots whether already employed with Air Asia or simply anyone else who aspire to be a pilot. This cadet pilot program of Air Asia was formally launched last Wednesday.
Cebu Pacific is suspending its Manila to Guam route beginning December 7, 2019 due to the route not being as viable to maintain. Guam is the only United States route of the budget carrier. Due to the limited slots, Cebu Pacific would rather concentrate on using the limited slots and aircraft for routes with higher passenger demand. After the pullout, only Philippine Airlines and United Airlines will be servicing the Manila to Guam route.